Cardiac experts are concerned about the heart disease trend, once thought to be a curse of the westerners, seems to be trickling down to the developing countries as well. Professor Stephen Leeder, from the university of Sydney, has commented about heart disease becoming the single most cause of death of many women, in the developing countries, compared to deaths due to child birth and AIDS.
Statistics show that HIV/AIDS causes nearly three million deaths worldwide, annually, while cardiovascular disease causes 17.5 million deaths. The figures in Brazil show nearly 28% die of heart failure or stroke, before they reach the age of 65 years. Binge eating or malnutrition spurs these health problems, associated with a developing economy that only widens the gap between the rich and the poor.
Research has shown that 90% of the cardiovascular diseases are preventable. Awareness programmes on healthy lifestyle, diet, and dangers of smoking, will go a long way in preventing cardiovascular diseases.